Analyzing CPU vs GPU Performance for AWS Machine Learning

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Introduction to Machine Learning on AWS
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Lab Steps

Logging in to the Amazon Web Services Console
Connecting to the Virtual Machine using SSH
Starting a Jupyter Notebook Server
Forwarding a Virtual Machine Port through an SSH Tunnel
Setting Up the CPU vs. GPU Experiment
Running the CPU vs. GPU Experiment
Analyzing the CPU vs. GPU Experiment Results

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Lab Overview

Graphics processing units (GPUs) and other hardware accelerators can dramatically reduce the time taken to train complex machine learning models. In this lab, you will take control of a p2.xlarge instance equipped with an NVIDIA Tesla K80 GPU to perform a CPU vs GPU performance analysis for Amazon Machine Learning. The instance is based on the AWS deep learning AMI that comes with many machine learning libraries pre-installed. You will create a Jupyter Notebook to write code and visualize results in a single document. The TensorFlow library is used for the CPU and GPU benchmark code.

Lab Objectives

Upon completion of this Lab you will be able to:

  • Run Jupyter Notebook server and create Jupyter Notebooks for machine learning experiments
  • Configure an SSH tunnel to forward instance ports through an encrypted channel
  • Understand when GPUs can be advantageous in machine learning, and to what extent

Lab Prerequisites

You should be familiar with:

  • Working with Linux on the command-line
  • Knowledge of the Python programming language is beneficial, but not required

Lab Environment

Before completing the Lab instructions, the environment will look as follows:

After completing the Lab instructions, the environment should look similar to:

About the Author

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Logan has been involved in software development and research for over eleven years, including six years in the cloud. He is an AWS Certified DevOps Engineer - Professional, MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure, Google Cloud Certified Associate Cloud Engineer, and Certified Kubernetes Administrator (CKA). He earned his Ph.D. studying design automation and enjoys all things tech.